First Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jazz Brunch
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Listen to the soulful sounds from local jazz artists on four stages. Brunch will be served in the Einstein Reception Room and in the Peck Courtyard, where one of three bands will perform. Free. 954-828-5363 or

Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Cardio Mix
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Become one with nature while working on your fitness. Attend one of the wellness programs that take place along the New River. Free. Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-468-1541 or

Second Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon
Orchid Greenhouse Tours
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Approximately 1,200 plants are on display. Orchid curator Tom Wells discusses how orchids are bred and cultivated. Orchid seedlings are available for purchase. The tour is for groups of 15. Limited reservations. 954-703-2606 or

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.
Brains and Balance Past 60
City of Wilton Manors
This class is designed for the unique needs of active older adults who know the importance of staying mentally sharp and physically stable. $3 for non-residents; free for residents. Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. 954 390-2130.

Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funtastic Fridays for Kids
ArtsPark at Young Circle
This weekly family social event features a bounce house, face painting and more. Free. ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1. 954-921-3500.

Through Dec. 5
Nominations for 23rd annual African-American Achievers Awards
Various organizations
Established in 1992 by Jim Moran, automotive pioneer and founder of JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards program annually recognizes leaders for their exceptional contributions toward building stronger communities in South Florida. Awards are given to outstanding African Americans who set an inspirational example through community involvement and leadership in four categories: Arts & Culture; Business & Entrepreneurism; Community Service; and Education. In honor of these achievers, JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus will donate $40,000 to various South Florida charities - $10,000 in each achiever’s name to the charity of their choice. The awards presentation and ceremony will take place April 15 at the Broward County Convention Center. To nominate, call 866-516-2497 or visit

Through Jan. 3
Holiday Fantasy of Lights
City of Coconut Creek
More than 250,000 visitors will celebrate the holiday season as Tradewinds Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights and illuminated and animated displays. Guests will drive through the park to see the festive displays and enjoy a 3D experience. Volunteers are also needed nightly for a variety of duties. $14 per car; $40 per bus (15 or more passengers). Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-971-7155 or

Through Jan. 4
ColorFest: A Celebration of the Art & Science of Color
Young At Art Museum
At the core of ColorFest is “Color Play,” a national traveling exhibition by Clifford Wagner Science Interactives that will allow visitors to explore how art and science are connected in every day occurrences. Exhibit will engage the whole family with hands-on, color themed activities and educational games from dancing to the rhythms of moving lights to uncovering hidden objects in the Black Light Room. $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; $11 for military. 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or

Nov. 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Fourth annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle
iTRACE Foundation Inc. and Leadership Broward Foundation’s Emerge Broward
Trot and paddles along A1A in a 5k race on Thanksgiving morning. The event will be grand marshaled by Florida State Representative Shevrin Jones and will support two local community organizations. $20 for kids 12 and under; $25 for students; $30 for military; $35 for adult; $5 for the Kid's Dash. 501 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Light Up MLK for the Holidays
City Of Pompano Beach
The evening will provide fun for the whole family, with crafts like ornament and holiday cookie decorating, an interactive art wall and more. Along with “Light Up MLK” host DJ Big Man Kelly, live entertainment and performances by community members will be included. The lighting of the decorated 37-ft. tree takes place at 7 p.m. Free food, a photo booth and a visit from Santa will also be in store. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between NW 3rd Ave. and NW 7th Ave. in Pompano Beach. 954-786-7824 or

Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Storm Front Hits Fort Lauderdale
South Florida Jubilee Chorus
This 2010 Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medal International Men's Quartet brings comedy and singing to Broward County. $25; $10 for children 6 and under. 2502 NE 30th St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-583-0795.

Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
First Sunday of Advent and Hanging of the Greens
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
A Scottish pipe and drum band will lead the processional for this family service which will include carols from children and youth choirs, blessing of the newborns from the past year and a post-service gathering with refreshments in Fellowship Hall. Free. 401 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Premier Beverage presents the 52nd annual Christmas on Las Olas
Cody's Angels, Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo, Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, Light of World Clinic, The Salvation Army and Kids in Distress
Guests will enjoy Snow Mountain, Skate Las Olas, four performance stages with nonstop family entertainment, Santa's Village, Peter Glenn Ski and Sports, a simulated snow ski experience, dozens of local choirs from schools and churches, and 70 food vendors. Free. Between SE 6th Ave. and SE 11th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-258-8382.

Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.
An Evening of Celebration
World Aids Museum
The evening will benefit the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center with a VIP cocktail reception in the new Huizenga Pavilion at the Broward Center. More than 50 healthcare professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping those with HIV/AIDS will be recognized. There will also be a concert at the Amaturo Theater by the 60-piece South Florida Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Sebrina Maria Alfonso and soloist Nicole Henry. $40 and above. 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-568-2100 or

Dec. 3 at 8 a.m.
Eye Opener Breakfast
Leadership Broward Foundation
Learn more about foster care from a panel of knowledgeable stakeholders. $20 for LBF members; $25 for guests. 110 SE 6 St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-8866.

Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
Holiday Celebration and Open House
Historic Stranahan House Museum
View the historic house which will be specially decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a selection of desserts and private holiday shopping with unique hand crafted items. Free for members and future members. 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-524-4736 or

December 3 at 7 p.m.
Our National Treasures with Andy Mitchell
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
The church’s Power of One Christianity and Culture Night Speaker Series and Enrichment Classes continue with Andy Mitchell’s “Our National Treasures.” Mitchell, of Operation Lift Hope, will discuss the country’s veterans. 1417 SE 4 St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-598-9312 or

Dec. 4 at 11:15 a.m.
Performance: Pianist Alex Sancho
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Sancho, a recent graduate of Florida International University, will play holiday music as well as some of his own pieces. $9. 401 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-598-9344 or

Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Home for the Holidays Tour
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Enjoy holiday lights and decorations in the Historic District, a docent-led tour of the New River Inn and the King Cromartie House, and egg-nog and cookies with carols on the porch. $10. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Luaderdale. 954-463-4431.

Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
The Galleria's Men of Style
Women In Distress of Broward County Inc.
The evening, presented by Signature Grand, will include food, fashion and fun. Attendees will enjoy exclusive incentives from select mall retailers and restaurants. Proceeds will benefit LBF. $50 for general admission; $100 for Truluck's VIP. 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-8866.

Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Lighting
City of Wilton Manors Leisure Services Department
Start the holidays with the lighting of holiday ornaments, musical performances by local artists, food, vendors and holiday spirit. Free. Jaycee Park on the corner of NE 21st Court and Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. 954-630-3318 or

Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
23rd annual Holiday House Food and Wine Fest
Friends of Music Inc.
Enjoy food and wine from local restaurants in a venue decorated for the holidays. There will be a gift boutique, silent auction, music provided by music students and an assortment of themed Christmas trees and non-seasonal items. $50. 10800 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. 954-752-5620.

Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
The Fast and Furriest
Humane Society of Broward County’s PAWS
Enjoy an evening that includes cars and casino-style games. Each guest will receive a Gold Card worth 5,000 in gaming chips valid for the first hour of the event. The casino gaming tables are provided by Casino Party Nights Florida Inc. Must be 18 and older to play. $150. Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, 5750 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-266-682700 or

Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance: Madama Butterfly
Florida Grand Opera
A Japanese geisha catches the eye of an American naval officer and crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride, grappling with a serious dilemma while awaiting his long delayed return. $21 and up. 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 800-741-1010 or

Dec. 5 at 7:30 a.m.
14th annual Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless
Broward Partnership
Local celebrity waiters will work for “tips,” with proceeds benefiting local homeless individuals. This year’s participants include Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and his wife Susan, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Robert McKinzie, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and more. Purchase tip money in advance. $100. 920 NW 7th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-779-3009 or

Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
DKG Beta Alpha Chapter’s annual Toy Drive
Toys for Tots
Donate toys on behalf of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG). Chapter members and guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or a girl between the ages of 2 and 12. The price range for the toys should start at $10. La Quinta Inn and Suites, 3701 N. University Drive, Coral Springs. 954-646-0361 or

Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Glow Golf for a Cause
Seeing The World
Seeing The World provides comprehensive mobile eye exams and glasses to low-income children age 3-18 on a mobile RV. Funds raised support the vehicle, medical equipment and supplies for the children. $100-$175. 11801 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs. 877-588-6581 or

Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
9th annual Ribbons for the Children
Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center
The art exhibit, benefit auction and cocktail reception will recognize World AIDS Day with more than 30 original art pieces from local artists. $50. 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-728-1040.

Dec. 5 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Blue Wave Hawaiian Night
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Guests will enjoy a festive Hawaiian-themed party with the sights, sounds and cuisine of Hawaii. $250. Private home, 615 Idlewyld Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 954-739-5006 or

Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Holiday Concert
Nova Singers/Nova Southeastern University
This performance will feature holiday favorites. $15. Hollywood Hills United Methodist Church, 400 N 35th Ave., Hollywood. 561-212-2112 or

Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Classic Albums Live: A Very Lennon Christmas
Parker Playhouse
MusicWorks 3LC presents an evening of music spanning John Lennon’s career, performed by the Classic Albums Live musicians. Songs include “Imagine,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Jealous Guy,” “Strawberry Fields,” “I Am the Walrus” and “All You Need is Love.” $39-$59. 707 NE 8 St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222 or

Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.
Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Event includes orchids, exotics, fruit trees, butterfly garden plants, food trucks, garden art, lectures, orchid displays, cooking demos, live music, a farmer's market and more. $15. 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. 954-703-2614 or

Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.
Time after Time Capsule Project
Young At Art Museum
Japanese pop artist Sebastian Masuda will install a five-foot-tall Teddy Bear as a time capsule for visitors to add wishes or small memorable objects. Launching at Art Basel, Masuda also will place 10 bears in other cities including London, Paris, Berlin and Beijing; and at the end of 2015, all of the bears will be transported to NYC where he will create an all-inclusive sculpture to go on display in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics. Young At Art also will host an interactive art-making workshop to design colorful POP accessories. Wynwood Project, 2103 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 954-424-0085 or

Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Presented by Macy’s, this exclusive shopping experience will feature designer home décor and holiday gifts. Guests will enjoy Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by the Ambry Restaurant, a Winter Wonderland Clay Couture Fashion Show by artist Steven Sylvester, original German baked goods, live entertainment and more. $25 donation for members, $30 for non-members; 21 and older. Garden Club at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-563-0550, ext. 208 or

Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball
Winterfest Inc.
Presented by Moet & Chandon in association with Absolut Vodka, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Milestone Wines, the event will kick off the holiday season in elegant South Florida Style. $250. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. 954-767-0686.

Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
Special Exhibition Performance: Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare
Young At Art Museum
Japanese pop artist Sebastian Masuda, Kawaii model and “6%DOKIDOKI shop girl” Yuka will be special guests. Yuka will perform live in Masuda’s one-man exhibition, a colorful and immersive experience of plastic toys, stuffed animals, ribbons, fake fur and other fabrics surrounding an empty bed. The “Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare” exhibit is on display at Young At Art Museum through Jan. 5. $14. 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. 954-424-0085 or

Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
Victorian Holiday Tea
Historic Stranahan House Museum
Experience a holiday-themed high tea under the canopy at Fort Lauderdale's oldest home. Guests will enjoy treats and private tours of the Historic Stranahan House Museum's festive Victorian Christmas display. Advance registration required. $25. 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-524-4736.

Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Ringing In The Holidays
Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida
This holiday benefit concert for the MHA's 9Muses Art Center will feature the Korean United Methodist Choir, the Muses Band and the Bellringers. $5 donation. 4905 W. Prospect Road, Tamarac. 954-746-2055.

Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.
Holiday Craft Fair
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Holiday crafts fashioned by local artists will be for sale. Enjoy self-guided or docent-led tours of the historic properties, have an old-fashioned lemonade and join the Historic Walking Tour of the New River at 2:30 p.m. Free. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431.

Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.
Broward 100 Lecture Series: Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
The Broward 100 Lecture Series continues with Bob Stone's lecture, sponsored by the Humanities Council. RSVP is required. Free. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431 or

Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Concert: Nova Singers
Nova Southeastern University
The Nova Singers will perform Christmas and Hanukah choral selections including Randall Bass’ “Gloria,” Dan Forrest’s “Arise, Shine” and more. $15. St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 2000 Marietta Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 561-212-2112 or

Dec. 10 at 7:45 p.m.
Bill Charlap Trio
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap will perform a section of music from Gershwin, Porter, Kern and more from the Great American Songbook. $45 for reserved seats; $10 for students. Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222 or

Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
A Home for the Holidays
Enjoy a cocktail reception and tour of the historic Sample-McDougald House to help individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities make their holiday wishes come true. $50. 4500 NE 10th St., Pompano Beach. 954-786-0344.

Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
“unWRAPPED” Exhibit and Gallery Gift Shop Sale
ArtServe and Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center
Guests can holiday shop one-of-a-kind creations by local artists at reasonable prices. Items include original art, holiday ornaments, hand crafted cards and paintings. There will also be a special exhibit titled “Ribbons for the Children,” featuring art by local children with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds support the Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center. 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-8190 or

Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Goodman JFS Kolot and Posnack JCC Book Festival event
Goodman JFS' Kolot
Goodman JFS' Kolot partners with Posnack JCC to present author Joshua Safran. Even includes Meet the Author donors’ cocktail party, author's Free Spirit book review and “Crime After Crime” documentary film about a woman's domestic abuse case. $36, includes cocktail party; $100 for two tickets, includes cocktail party. 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. 954-370-2140.

Dec. 12-14
Soul Train Yacht Party and Destination Weekend
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
A VIP reception will take place Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the “Holiday Soiree” will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests can enjoy a catered “Delta/Que Beach Cookout” Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Lloyd Park in Dania Beach. The yacht party will take place Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. during the “Winterfest Boat Parade” on the Lady Windridge yach, boarding begins at 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy buffet dining, an open bar, dancing and live entertainment with the Visions Band and DJ Brian. Comedian and Omega Psi Phi member Joe Torry will also make an appearance. Proceeds from the events will benefit scholarship funds and community service projects. Donations of toys and school supplies will be accepted at all events. Holiday Soiree: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; Beach Cookout: $20 in advance; $25 day of; $175 for the yacht party; $200 for the weekend. 954-303-3585 or

Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Winterfest Viewing Party
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Enjoy a walking tour by the boats east of the New River Inn in the Boat Parade, followed by drinks and appetizers at the New River Inn Museum of History and the parade. RSVP is required. $20 for members; $35 for non-members. 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-4431 or

Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.
Fourth annual Holiday Party at Nan Knox Boys & Girls Club
Forever Family Bella's Group
Activities include the Clown Toss, Balloon Bust, Fishing for Numbers, a video game competition and How Many Jelly Beans in the Jar guessing game. There will also be pizza, drinks and holiday gifts from Santa. Free with RSVP. 832 NW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-893-8240 or

Dec. 13 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Eighth annual Christmas Near the Beach
Expressions of Joy
This variety show will feature singers, dancers, musicians and performing artists designed to bring the community together to celebrate a “Hometown Christmas.” A marching band will lead Saint Nick to the stage. He will then drive a classic car to his beach house, where children will participate in a photo opportunity. Arts Park @Young Circle, One Young Circle, Hollywood. 573-280-8486 or

Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
Boat Parade Fundraiser
Children's Harbor
Enjoy a front seat view with a four-course meal at the Chart House Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds will go directly to Children's Harbor. $250. 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-252-3072 or

Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
2014 Christmas Dinner Dance
British Chamber Broward - Palm Beach
The evening will feature a traditional British Christmas dinner with wine, Christmas crackers, dancing and more. Dress code is “formally festive.” Guests of honor will be Mr. and Mrs. Dave Prodger, Her Majesty's Consul General. $95. 2800 NE 41st St., Lighthouse Point. 954-942-7330 or

Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Winterfest Inc.
The parade trails through Fort Lauderdale to its finale at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. This year’s theme is TV’s Greatest Hits. $25 for Grandstand staging along the New River. Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbra, Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-0686.

Photos: Coolio show in South Beach